AFFI Appoints New Board Members
American Frozen Food Institute, McLean, Va.
Newly-elected officers to the AFFI board are: Dave Yanda, president and CEO of Lakeside Foods, Inc., as chairman; Paul Bakus, president of corporate affairs for Nestlé USA, as vice chairman; and Jeff Varcoe, vice president of food safety and quality for The Schwan Food Co., as immediate past chairman. Other board members elected to 3-year terms are: Bob Ashmun of National Frozen Foods; Denny Belcastro of Hillshire Brands; Paul DiGenova of Bonduelle North America; Stan Firestone of Firestone Pacific Foods; Andrew Loucks of The Kellogg Co.; Tom Madden of Rite Stuff Foods; David Moore of Superior Foods; Paul Palmby of Seneca Foods; and Mark Schiller of Pinnacle Foods.
Bristol Seafood, Portland, Ore.
Peter Handy was added to the senior management team as president of strategic growth and development. Prior to joining Bristol, Handy co-founded BoxMyDorm.com, a storage and shipping company serving college students nationwide, and most recently worked in financial services first at J.P. Morgan and then with Sanford Bernstein. Meanwhile, Tina Hawley was named logistics and warehouse manager, responsible for management of logistics, trucking, warehouse and shipping and receiving operations. Hawley has senior level experience in logistics, trucking and warehouse management. Her career includes management and leadership roles with Keller Warehousing, Alside Windows, BSC Central Distribution Center and Proctor & Gamble. Lastly, Timothy Steinwachs joined as a sales representative, responsible for developing new business and servicing existing accounts nationwide. Steinwachs brings extensive professional sales and account management experience. His former employment includes the Maine & New Hampshire Better Business Bureau, Phillips Medical Systems and Atlantic Healthcare Products.
California Dairies, Inc., Visalia, Calif.
David Camp joined as senior vice president and CFO. Camp, a certified public accountant, will be responsible for the financial, accounting, treasury, information technology and risk management functions. He comes to CDI with nearly 25 years of leadership experience as CFO and controller with expertise in the areas of audits, risk management and financial reporting. Camp was most recently with Roll Global, LLC, where he was the vice president and group controller. His previous experience includes CFO at Technicolor Creative Services, head of internal audit at Novartis, director of internal audit at Kellogg Co. and audit manager at Deloitte & Touche, LLP.
Blake’s All Natural Foods, Concord, N.H.
Michael Strange joined as vice president and director of operations and product development. He brings extensive experience within the food industry, both in consumer packaged goods and restaurant segments. He has been a consultant for the past six years, where he worked with national brands such as Legal Sea Foods, Bertucci’s, Uno Restaurants, Hannaford Bros. and more. Strange’s expertise includes strategy development and execution in food and packaging design, quality assurance and production.
Kellogg Co., Battle Creek, Mich.
Dr. Stephanie Burns, retired chairman and CEO of Dow Corning Corp., and La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, were elected to the board of directors. Dr. Burns has significant business insight and experience in global innovation as a result of her long-standing career in scientific research and management. She was instrumental in spearheading Dow Corning's investments in emerging markets such as China, India, Russia, Turkey and Vietnam. Dr. Burns also served as Dow Corning's first director of women's health and is the former chairman of the American Chemical Council. As president and CEO of the W.K Kellogg Foundation, Montgomery Tabron oversees the foundation's work, ensuring optimal child development by focusing on educated and healthy kids and secure families, as well as its commitments to community and civic engagements and racial equality. During her 26-year career with the foundation, Montgomery Tabron has been involved in all aspects of its operations. She is also a leading civic advocate, serving as president of the board of the Western Michigan University Foundation, and as a board member of many community organizations, including Southwest Michigan First, Battle Creek Community Health Partners, Bronson Methodist Hospital and the Mississippi Center for Education Innovation.
The Kroger Co., Cincinnati
Dennis Gibson was promoted to president of the QFC division, succeeding Joe Fey, who was named president of Kroger's Mid-Atlantic division in January. Gibson has been serving as vice president of merchandising in Kroger's Columbus division. Gibson brings 38 years of retail industry experience to his new role, working at Grand Central discount department stores and Fred Meyer. Seattle, Wash.-based QFC operates 66 stores in Oregon and Washington.
Eriez, Erie, Pa.
Mitch Graham was appointed marketing programs specialist, responsible for overseeing the corporate website, as well as the company’s digital asset management site, the Orange Room. He will also assist in the management and supervision of Eriez’ e-newsletter marketing campaigns and customer relationship management (CRM) software.
NewAge Industries, Southampton, Pa.
Michael Yakes was named Midwest regional sales manager, a new position established to better service the company’s current customers and to expand business. Yakes will cover Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and eastern Wisconsin. His background includes senior sales and management positions with plastics, healthcare and specialty paper companies. He has more than 20 years of sales experience in both inside and outside capacities, a proven track record of growth and knowledge of customers and markets within the Midwest region.
New Orleans Cold Storage, New Orleans
Jim Henderson was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing, responsible for the sales and marketing for all of NOCS’s warehouses and services. Henderson, who will be celebrating his fifth year with NOCS in April, has worked in transportation, logistics and international business for over 15 years with several multi-national companies such as International Shipholding Corp., CTLC / Cooper / Consolidated and Tropical Shipping. Meanwhile, Jeff Neupert was promoted to chief financial officer, responsible for all financial and accounting aspects of the company. He has been a licensed CPA since 1985 and joined NOCS in 2010.
Spartan Motors, Inc., Charlotte, Mich.
Lori Wade was named chief financial officer and treasurer, effective immediately. Wade joined Spartan in February 2008 as the company's executive director of finance. Prior to joining Spartan, she spent more than 21 years at Eaton Corp., where she served as Truck Group Worldwide Sarbanes-Oxley manager and various other controller and financial management positions.
Provisur Technologies, Inc., Mokena, Ill.
Company veteran Andrew MacLeod was appointed vice president of the company’s Asia Pacific business unit, responsible for building up the Asia Pacific organization to reflect the growth expectations the company has for the region.
MULTIVAC, Inc., Kansas City, Mo.
Tom Bohmke accepted the position of regional sales manager for the Wisconsin region. Bohmke comes from Ilapack Group, where he has been the Midwest regional sales manager for the past five years, managing a 13-state region. Meanwhile, Tim Fox joins as the regional sales manager for the Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota region. Most recently, he was a Midwest regional sales manager for Harpack-Ulma, where he maintained an 8-state region.
TricorBraun, Oak Brook, Ill.
Emily Bourdet was named director of marketing, responsible for leading the group’s marketing initiatives such as supplier engagement and consumer research and the development of the group’s sales force marketing materials. Bourdet’s previous experience includes serving as brand management consultant to ConAgra Foods, Inc. on the Hunt’s brand; as brand manager for the Hefty brand at Reynolds Consumer Products and for the Durex brand at Reckitt Benckiser; as brand manager for new product development for the Lysol brand and as associate marketing manager for the Depend brand at Kimberly-Clark Corp.
Henningsen Cold Storage Co., Hillsboro, Ore.
Paul Henningsen was promoted to the newly created position of chief operating officer, responsible for directing, administering and coordinating internal day-to-day operational activities. Henningsen joined the company’s engineering department in 1987. Most recently, he was vice president, corporate development and engineering, where he was responsible for the development, design, construction and management of many internal programs and all capital projects, acquisitions, expansions and engineering services.